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Strengthening Corporate Power: Our Elites Have Learned Nothing

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  • Part 1: Strengthening Corporate Power–New NAFTA Worse Than the TPP
  • Health and environmental laws will still be “barriers to investment”.
  • Part 2: Ten Years After Financial Crisis, Our Elites Have Learned Nothing
  • The economic disaster that cost millions of people their jobs and/or their homes, and forced tens of millions to accept lower wages, was 100 percent avoidable if the people responsible for making economic policy had been awake.

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Part 1: Strengthening Corporate Power–New NAFTA Worse Than the TPP

 

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Consistent with the objectives of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Trump administration says it wants to “Establish rules that reduce or eliminate barriers to U.S. investment in all sectors in the NAFTA countries.” What that passage means is that, consistent with what is written above, the intention is for the elimination of as many restraints on corporate behavior as possible.

Pete Dolack, Dandelion Salad

July 19, 2017 | As a candidate for president, Donald Trump claimed he wanted a better deal for U.S. workers. Surprise! Oh, okay, that he was lying really isn’t a surprise at all. Far from a “better deal,” the Trump administration is now offering a North American version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Although it might have seemed that the TPP was dead and buried after several years of struggle by activists on both sides of the Pacific Ocean (President Trump had as much to do with TPP’s demise as a rooster does for the rise of the Sun), the TPP’s language is being used as a model for a re-negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.

Pete Dolack, Writer, Dandelion Salad

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Part 2: Ten Years After Financial Crisis, Our Elites Have Learned Nothing

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The economic disaster that cost millions of people their jobs and/or their homes was 100 percent avoidable if the people responsible for making economic policy had been awake. Turning the story of the housing bubble into a story about the financial crisis is an effort to make issues that are quite simple seem very complicated.

Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research / Truthout

Monday, August 14, 2017 | Last week, I heard BBC announce the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the financial crisis. This is dated to the decision by the French bank BNP Paribas to prohibit withdrawals from two hedge funds that were heavily invested in subprime mortgage backed securities. According to BBC, this was when lending began to freeze and house prices began to fall.

The problem with BBC's story is that house prices had already been falling for more than a year. While the nationwide decline was still relatively modest, around 4 percent, the drop in many of the most active markets was more than 10 percent.

Dean Baker is a macroeconomist and codirector of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University.

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Take Action | Charlottsville and the First Amendment

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  • Part 1: Does the First Amendment Protect Charlottesville Protesters?
    • In the wake of the fatal Charlottesville, VA rally questions have arisen about what kinds of speech should be protected.
  • Part 2: Should Congress Censure Trump Over Charlottesville Statements?
    • Congressional censure would only formally rebuke the president, but supporters feel it would hold the president publicly accountable for fanning the "fires of violence."
  • Related:  Special Project | Hatewatch: Charlottesville and Beyond, Week Ending August 19, 2017

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August 18, 2017

 

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Part 1: Does the First Amendment Protect Charlottesville Protesters?

In the wake of the fatal Charlottesville, VA rally questions have arisen about what kinds of speech should be protected.

Josh Herman, Countable 
The First Amendment already includes certains limitations to free speech. Should the U.S. adopt similar "dangerous speech" doctrines? When does free speech become “fighting words”? Could putting limitations on free speech prevent another Charlottesville? Hit the Take Action button and use your First Amendment rights to comment below. Take Action→

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Part 2: Should Congress Censure Trump Over Charlottesville Statements? 

Congressional censure would only formally rebuke the president, but supporters feel it would hold the president publicly accountable for fanning the "fires of violence."

Asha Sanaker, Countable

Should the House of Representatives censure the president for his remarks on Charlottesville? Does a formal rebuke, unaccompanied by any other actions by Congress, really matter? If the House were to censure the president, do you think it would change anything moving forward? Take Action→

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Special Project | Hatewatch: Charlottesville and Beyond, Week Ending August 19, 2017

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  • Keeping an Eye on the Radical Right
  • 8 New items including:

1) SPLC releases new edition of Ten Ways to Fight Hate guide after Charlottesville attack.
2) Charlottesville violence: As American as apple pie
3) It’s a dark moment for America — and our president personally made this possible.
4) Trump's America, Month Eight: Blood on the Pavement in Charlottesville
5) Welcoming the Fascists to Charlottesville
6) Charlottesville Survivor: There's No Question, This Was Terrorism.
7) Down With Confederate Monuments: An Interview With a Charlottesville Black Lives Matter Activist.
8) From “All Lives Matter” to the terror in Charlottesville: How the media’s phony fairness got us here
Related: No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained

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Special Project | Hatewatch: Charlottesville and Beyond, Week Ending August 19, 2017

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  • Keeping an Eye on the Radical Right
  • 8 New items including:

1) SPLC releases new edition of Ten Ways to Fight Hate guide after Charlottesville attack.
2) Charlottesville violence: As American as apple pie
3) It’s a dark moment for America — and our president personally made this possible.
4) Trump's America, Month Eight: Blood on the Pavement in Charlottesville
5) Welcoming the Fascists to Charlottesville
6) Charlottesville Survivor: There's No Question, This Was Terrorism.
7) Down With Confederate Monuments: An Interview With a Charlottesville Black Lives Matter Activist.
8) From “All Lives Matter” to the terror in Charlottesville: How the media’s phony fairness got us here

Related: No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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August 14, 2017  In response to recent events, including the deadly white nationalist violence in Charlottesville this weekend, the SPLC today released a new edition of Ten Ways to Fight Hate, its longstanding guide for effectively – and peacefully – taking a stand against bigotry.

 

2) Charlottesville violence: As American as apple pie, D. Watkins, Salon 
Monday, Aug 14, 2017 | Trump, Breitbart, Fox News and many others should own this outrage — but what happened has deep American roots.

3) It’s a dark moment for America — and our president personally made this possible, Bob Cesca, Salon
Monday, Aug 14, 2017 | Donald Trump hasn't just tolerated this upsurge of fascist violence — he enabled and encouraged it. Now he must go.
 

4) Trump's America, Month Eight: Blood on the Pavement in Charlottesville
Greg Palast, Truthout 
Monday, August 14, 2017 | It took just eight months for some of our worst fears about the Trump presidency to come true, as demonstrated by these photos of brutal racist violence in Charlottesville. Coupled with Virginia's purging of voter rolls, Saturday's attacks and Trump's lukewarm response show that white supremacy is alive and well in Charlottesville and beyond.
Read the Article and View the Photos 

5) Welcoming the Fascists to Charlottesville, David Swanson, davidswanson.org


August 10, 2017 | I have mixed emotions about the fact that I’ll be missing the latest big fascism rally here in Charlottesville, because I’ll be elsewhere participating in kayak trainings for an upcoming Flotilla to the Pentagon for Peace and the Environment.
I’m delighted to miss the fascism and the racism and the hatred and the gun-toting lunacy. I’m sorry to miss being here to speak against it.
I’m hopeful that there might be something resembling a disciplined nonviolent and nonhateful opposition presence, but strongly suspect that a small number of violent and hateful opponents of racism will ruin that.



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6) Charlottesville Survivor: There's No Question, This Was Terrorism
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

August 14, 2017 | Brandy Gonzalez survived the car rampage in Charlottesville on Saturday that killed one protester and injured many more. While Trump went days without condemning white supremacists for the violence, Gonzalez says the incident was an act of terrorism. Such incidents will not intimidate her or prevent her from standing against white supremacy, she says.
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7) Down With Confederate Monuments: An Interview With a Charlottesville Black Lives Matter Activist, Sarah Jaffe, Truthout

Lisa Woolfork is a member of the Black Lives Matter chapter in Charlottesville, Virginia, who worked with a broad coalition to oppose the massive gathering of white nationalists that rocked the city with violence over the weekend. The tragedies in Charlottesville make it clear that Confederate monuments are not just "symbols" of white supremacy, Woolfork says. Allowing them to stand for decades was a racist action leading to many more.
Read the Interview and Listen to the Audio 

8) From “All Lives Matter” to the terror in Charlottesville: How the media’s phony fairness got us here, Chauncey DeVega, Salon 

August 14, 2017 | Too much of the media was complicit in the rise of Trump, and refuses to call white supremacy by its true name.

Related:

No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 
Part 1: Unite The Right, The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained
The alt-right rally was a coming-out party for resurgent white racist movement in America.
Part 2: No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: It’s About White Supremacists
What we are witnessing are … movements that are interested in provoking violence and are, in many cases, well-armed.

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On the Beach 2017: Living Under the Threat of Nuclear War

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    Part 1: On the Beach 2017

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    There is no fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. The terms “left” and “right” are meaningless.  Most of America’s modern wars were started not by conservatives, but by liberal Democrats.

    John Pilger, CounterPunch

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    He says he will be dead by September. It will take about a week to die, though no one can be sure. Animals live the longest.

    John Pilger is an Australian journalist and documentary maker. One of only two to win Britain's Journalist of the Year Award twice, his documentaries have received academy awards in Britain and the US. Based in London, he is known for his polemical campaigning style: "Secretive power loathes journalists who do their job, who push back screens, peer behind façades, lift rocks. Opprobrium from on high is their badge of honour."

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    Part 2: 8 Times The World Narrowly Avoided A Potential Nuclear Disaster

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  • We’ve survived a disturbingly long list of nuclear near-misses.

 

Part 2: 8 Times The World Narrowly Avoided A Potential Nuclear Disaster

  • We’ve survived a disturbingly long list of nuclear near-misses.
  • Living Under the Threat of Nuclear War
  • Related: Fake Foreign Affairs News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the US - North Korea Conflict

Jesselyn Cook, Huffington Post 

08/10/2017 | The U.S. has issued a series of dire warnings to North Korea in recent days, as hostilities over Pyongyang’s advancing nuclear capabilities swell and the specter of a military confrontation looms.

Kim Jong Un’s regime “should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people,” U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis cautioned this week. He added it “would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.” His remarks echoed President Donald Trump’s vow to meet Pyongyang with “fire and fury” if it continues to threaten Americans.

Jesselyn Cook: World News Reporter, HuffPost <http://www.huffingtonpost.com>, covers international news.

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Fake Foreign Affairs News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the US - North Korea Conflict, Week Ending August 12, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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• Has Trump Threatened Nuclear War on North Korea?
• ‘Fire And Fury’ Time?
• Trump’s Warning To North Korea Called ‘Exactly Wrong’ And ‘Reckless’
• Tell Congress: Trump cannot act on North Korea without congressional approval.
• 3 big lies about North Korea
• “Get Trump an Atlas”.

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No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained

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  • Part 1: Unite The Right, The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained
    • The alt-right rally was a coming-out party for resurgent white racist movement in America.
  • Part 2:No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: It’s About White Supremacists
    • What we are witnessing are … movements that are interested in provoking violence and are, in many cases, well-armed.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Unite The Right, The Violent White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville, Explained


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The alt-right rally was a coming-out party for resurgent white racist movement in America.


Dara Lind, Vox / Portside

August 12, 2017 Hundreds of protesters descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday for a “Unite the Right” rally: a belated coming-out party for an emboldened white nationalist movement in the United States.

The rally was dispersed by police minutes after its scheduled start at noon, after clashes between rally goers and counter-protesters, and after a torchlit pre-rally march Friday night descended into violence. But activity is ongoing, with some rally goers engaging in a march instead.

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Part 2:No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: It’s About White Supremacists


 
One dead after car plows into anti-racist demo in Charlottesville, Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress

 

Progressives should stop using the term “alt-Right” and recognize that what we are witnessing are neofascist movements, movements that are interested in provoking violence and are, in many cases well-armed.

Bill Fletcher, Jr.billfletcherJr.com / Portside 

August 12, 2017 | I sat here listening to Trump’s remarks in connection with the violence carried out by neofascists in Charlottesville this afternoon, violence which has resulted in the death of at least one anti-fascist.  He condemned bigotry on what he called all sides.


Once again Trump obscures reality.  He either ignores the violence and terrorism carried out against traditionally oppressed groups, e.g., attacks on mosques, or he uses evasive language in order to avoid pointing the finger at the real perpetrators of racist violence.

Bill Fletcher, Jr. has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO.

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Democrats' "Better Deal" Is Everything Wrong With the Party and a Bum Deal for Progressives

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  • Part 1: The Democrats’ New Agenda Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Party
    • More bland messaging and populist posturing won’t save the Democrats. The party needs to take a bold stand against corporate power.
  • Part 2: Democrats’ “Better Deal” is a bum deal for progressives — and won’t win elections
    • Do Democrats really believe that chasing Trump voters while alienating people of color will win elections?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Democrats’ New Agenda Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Party

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More bland messaging and populist posturing won’t save the Democrats. The party needs to take a bold stand against corporate power.

Miles Kampf-Lassin | In These Times / Moyers & Company

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July 28, 2017 | The story of the Democratic Party in 2017 has been one of timidity and stubborn resistance to real change.

In the immediate aftermath of the party’s preferred candidate facing a humiliating defeat in last year’s presidential election, questions swirled over what direction the party would take to respond to the new political reality. With Democrats at their weakest position in decades, having lost over 1,000 seats in states and Congress over the previous eight years, it appeared that a drastic shift in how the party operated was in store.

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Part 2: Democrats’ “Better Deal” is a bum deal for progressives — and won’t win elections

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Christopher Sebastion Parker, Salon

Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 | Progressives have a problem. When it comes to their message, it’s all noise and no signal. For instance, in a recent Washington Post poll, only 37 percent of respondents said that the Democratic Party had a clear policy and stood for something. To remedy this, late last month the leaders of the Democratic Party unveiled their new platform under a new slogan, “A Better Deal.” 

On the surface this rebranding, as such, seems a good idea. It promises to (1) make it easier for the base to identify what the party represents, and (2) furnish daylight between the progressive program and the Trump-led GOP. The new message is geared to win working-class whites through a razor-sharp focus on economic policy. But this strategy will not only fail to win additional votes, it will risk alienating almost half of the party’s base by ignoring race and issues associated with racism.  

Christopher Sebastion Parker is a professor in the department of political science at the University of Washington. A graduate of UCLA and the University of Chicago, Parker also served in the United States Navy. He is the author of "Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America" (Princeton University Press, 2013), and "Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South" (Princeton University Press, 2009). Parker also writes a column, “Race and Rage,” for The Conversation.

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There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

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  • A fully privatized system can never adequately provision the nation.
  • Related: Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family."

Geoff Coventry, Other Words 

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July 19, 2017 | The Republicans have big plans for health care in this country: to eliminate coverage for millions of Americans while delivering a big tax cut to the rich.

As someone who stands to benefit from that tax cut, let me just say: I don’t need it, and I don’t want it. No tax cut is worth excluding millions of Americans from the health services they need.

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Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family." Trump Resistance Movement (TRM), act.tv

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